Allen Parish Newsletter 18th December 2016

Fatima Centenary
Pilgrimage 2017
Allen, Caragh and Newbridge Parishes Fatima Pilgrimage 2017 Celebrating the Centenary of the Apparitions at Fatima. 1st to 8th June 2017. Santo Amaro Hotel. Price based on 2 sharing is €778pp. Single room supplement is €195pp. Insurance €25pp Deposit €200. Contact Mary Lee Newbridge Travel 045 449522.

K & L Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2017
16th – 21st July 2017. Cost €719 to include Flights, Transfers, Full board and accommodation, Fully comprehensive insurance, Pilgrimage badge. Single room supplement of €150 - €175 – Limited on request. Early booking is essential. Contact Ronan Ashe at 086 3909075.

“When Joseph awoke he did as the angel of the Lord directed him.” Are you prayerfully vigilant about discovering your vocation in Christ? Might He be inviting you to the priesthood? Contact: Fr. Ruairi O’Domhnaill This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , www.kandlepriest.com

Responsorial Psalm
Let the Lord enter!
He is the king of glory.

WEEKDAY MASSES 19th – 23rd DECEMBER
Monday 19th December
Allenwood – 9.30am

Tuesday 20th December
Milltown - 9.30am – Mary Wilson & Philomena Downey
Allen - 9.30am

Wednesday 21st December
Allen – 9.30am
Robertstown – 10.30am

Thursday 22nd December
Allen – 9.30am
Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 23rd December
Allenwood – 9.30am
SATURDAY 24th & SUNDAY 25th DECEMBER
Allen: Saturday 7.30pm
Christmas Eve

Lay Reader: Sinéad Jacob
Eucharistic Minister: Bréid Murphy

Allen: Sunday 11am
Christmas Day

Lay Reader: Rosaline Connolly
Eucharistic Ministers: Evelyn Dowling and Catherine Murphy

Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm
Christmas Eve

Lay Reader: Dearbhla Moore
Eucharistic Minister: Ann Curran

Allenwood: Sunday 10am
Christmas Day

Lay Reader: Noel Moore
Eucharistic Minister: Christina Ryan

Milltown: Sunday 9.30am
Christmas Day

Lay Reader: Youth Ministry Reader
Eucharistic Minister: Aoife Malone

Next Sunday’s Readings
Christmas Eve: Is 62:1-5. Ps 88:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29, R/cf v 2. Acts 13:16-17, 22-25. Mt 1:1-25. Lect I: 99.
Christmas Day: is 52:7-10. Ps 97:1-6, R/v 3. Heb 1:1-6. Jn 1:1-18. Lect I: 109

Resurrexit
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on Mondays 11am to 3.30pm.
Healing Mass takes place on Monday 19th December at 8pm. All are very welcome.

Eucharistic Adoration
In Milltown Church Tuesday mornings 10am - 10.30am and Thursday evenings 7pm - 8pm.
In Allen Church on Tuesday mornings 10am – 11am, Wednesday mornings 10am - 11am and Friday evenings 7pm - 8pm.
In Allenwood Church on Friday mornings after 9.30am Mass.

BAPTISMS
The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every two weeks.
Milltown Saturday 17th December at 12 noon.
Allen Sunday 8th January at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 22nd January at 11am
Milltown Saturday 4th February at 12 noon
Allen Sunday 19th February at 12 noon
Allenwood Sunday 5th March at 11am
Milltown Saturday 18th March at 12 noon
Contact the Parish Office at 045-450501at least two weeks in advance.

Donations for flowers for Christmas to the Sacristans of Allen, Allenwood and Milltown Churches would be very much appreciated at this time.

St Vincent de Paul
Very many thanks to all parishioners who donated at our church gate collection last weekend which raised a total of €2,255. Thanks also to Milltown Tidy Towns and John Paul II Youth Group whose coffee morning and cake sale raised €541.83.
The phone number for St. Vincent de Paul in the Allen area is 085 2095220.

ANNIVERSARIES

“Those whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before, they are now wherever we are. (St. John Chrysostom)

Please pray for:

Kathleen Dunne, Laurence Dunne, Patrick Dunne and Laurence Dunne Jnr, Station Road, Allenwood.
May they rest in peace.

Eucharistic Ministers Rota Allen Church
The 2017 rota for Eucharistic Ministers in Allen Church is now available from the Sacristy.

ALLEN LOTTO
(G.A.A CLUBS & PARISH)
12th December, 2016

6 8 12 13

TWELVE Match 3 Winners
€25 each
Geraldine O’Brien c/o Kathy
Nicola Moran, Robertstown
Sean Moran c/o Kathy
Jane Downey, Milltown
Peter Connolly c/o J. Ivers
John Anderson c/o Carmel
The Three Boys c/o P. Cronly
Mary kelly c/o F. Reidy
Kevin McGrogan c/o Roadstone
Kay Swords, Kilmeague
Finbar Williams c/o D. Keating
Shane Brereton, Allenwood

JACKPOT WINNER
Sean Hutchinson

NEXT WEEK’S JACKPOT €1,500
Special Christmas Draw next week – 5 x €75

Robertstown NS Enrolment
The closing date for Enrolment Applications for September 2017 in Robertstown National School should be submitted to the school before Christmas 2016.  Forms are available on the school website or from the office.

DON’T BE LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS
Senior Help Line will be open every day over Christmas and the New Year from 10 am to 10 pm.  We are here to take your call if you are on your own, feeling isolated, worried or would like someone to talk to.    Senior Help Line volunteers are trained older people who understand the ups and downs of life, and are happy to listen, to keep company and to support. LoCall 1850 440 444, no call costs more than 30 cents.  All calls completely confidential.

ALLENWOOD CELTIC A.F.C & DAY CARE CENTRE LOTTO
Winning Numbers

8 15 20 24

ONE Match 3 Winner - €150
Christy McNamee c/o Bar
€50 voucher– Harry Doyle c/o Maura
Next week’s Jackpot € 5,100

MILLTOWN GFC
Congratulations and well done to All our participants in Scor Na nOg who gave outstanding performances. Well done to Cliodhna Malone who will represent the club in the Leinster Final in Ballymore, Co Westmeath on January 7th in the recitation.
A huge thank you to everyone who supported our very successful O Holy Night on Thursday night. A very big Thank You to all the singers and musicians under the musical direction of Niall Mulpeter. Thanks also to The Inn at Milltown for sponsoring the Mulled wine and Mince Pie Reception afterwards. Thanks also to everyone who helped out on the night.
Milltown in Motion, Gaelic4mothers and others and the Girls Academy are taking a 2 week break until week commencing 9th January.
Dinner dance is March 25th in Keadeen Hotel. The club has had a very successful year this year and this is a great time to celebrate the achievements. Tickets are €37.50 and can be purchased from Fran O'Sullivan.
Club AGM will be held on Friday January 20th at 8pm in the clubhouse. All are welcome to attend.

Lotto tickets are available at 1.50 from Liz Murphy and John Murphy and Milltown Shop. This is an important source of revenue to the club and with more success comes more expense. We would like to encourage more people to sell tickets and to buy tickets each week.

ROBERTSTOWN GFC
Don't forget the Canal Plunge at 12.30pm on St. Stephens Day. Sponsorship Cards available. Football Challenge that afternoon at 2pm. The 1989 team vs the 2011 team
Congratulations to Sean Hutchinson, Robertstown West who scooped the Jackpot in the Parish Lotto last Monday. Tickets at €1.50 each available from our many Promoters and from the Shops and Post Office in Robertstown. Monday's Jackpot €1,500.
Astro-Turf Pitch available to all Clubs and Groups. For bookings contact Tara Moran 085-7317697.
Bonus Ball: This is run in Mullaney's and for a stake of € 2 you could win €48.
The Club lost one of its longest standing members with the passing of Thomas (Todd) Conroy of Killaloe and Robertstown. To the Conroy families we extend our deepest sympathy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.

ALLENWOOD GFC
AGM: Congratulations to Ronan Byrne on his appointment of senior manager of Allenwood and also to his selectors David Burke, David Hughes, Mick Mullin, his backroom helpers Ian Dunne and John Smith. We wish them the very best of luck in 2017. Allenwood GFC A.G.M takes place Friday January 6th at 8pm. All welcome. Mass for our deceased members will be on Sunday January 8th at 10am. We would like to wish all our members young and old a very Happy Christmas from all in the club.
Annual Christmas draw tickets are on sale from any committee member. Tickets €2 each or three for €5. Draw will take place during bingo December 21st. Please support.
If you wish to be added to our texting list please contact Jemma McCabe on 087-6199720 for club info, match fixture changes etc. Cmon the Blues book for sale costs €25.
Bingo every Wednesday 8.30pm in Allenwood GAA hall.
Get your bonus ball from Jemma McCabe at a cost of €2.00 with a chance to win €50.00 every Wednesday at bingo or alternatively contact Jemma on 087-6199720.The bonus ball number on Saturday night main lotto draw.

BALLYTEAGUE GFC
Wishing all our members in Ballyteague GFC a very Happy and Healthy Christmas!
The club would like to express a warm welcome to Declan McGovern who will take the reins as Senior Manager next year. Declan has managed minor sides in three counties and managed Naas to their last senior football championship success in 1990. Best of Luck to Declan and the team for the forthcoming year.
A big thank you to everyone who helped make Ballyteague GFC Christmas Children's party a great success. A great night was had by all.
Congrats to our turf footing committee member Sandra Heavey and Niall Carroll on the birth of their baby boy (future Lark) Adam.
Have you tried out our new Walking Track? The track is free to use for members of the club.  For non-members, we would ask that they pay a Social membership of €20, as users must be covered for insurance reasons. Contact Padraig Thorpe 0863193574/Marie Jacob 0862258002.
Club lotto tickets: Available from various sellers in the club, €1.50 per ticket. Money from tickets purchased from Ballyteague sellers goes to the club.

NaFIANNA LADIES GFC

The club would like to wish our players, mentors, parents and guardians a Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.  Hope to see you all on the playing field in 2017.
At our recent AGM the following officers were elected for the coming year, we wish them the very best in their new and existing roles. Senior Chairperson: Christopher Byrne. Underage Chairperson: Roisin Murphy. Senior Secretary: Michelle Moran. Underage Secretary: Rebecca Kiernan. Senior Treasurer: Deirdre Fitzpatrick. Underage Treasurer: Geraldine Peelo. Registrar: Karen Price. Child Welfare Officer: Marcella Moran. PRO: Ciara Fitzpatrick.

MILLTOWN FORÓIGE
Milltown Foróige would like to thank the community for their support last Friday for their annual carol service. It was a great night and we hope you enjoyed the singing as much as we enjoyed performing!

5K Fun Run: The Parents Association of Robertstown National School are organising a 5k fun run to raise much needed funds for the school playground. The fun run will take place on Sunday 26th February at 11am. We are delighted to announce that Olympic Silver Medallist and World Champion Sonia O'Sullivan will be our special guest on the day. Registration will be available through popupraces.ie
Couch to 5K: In preparation for Fun Run there will be a couch to 5k beginning in Robertstown GAA on Monday 9th January at 8pm. This will run for 7 weeks every Monday and Wednesday at a cost of EUR 25. David Matthews double Olympian and Irish 800m Record Holder has generously agreed to come on board to support our Couch to 5k endeavour.